Add a Stripe Donation Button to Your WordPress Website
You’ve got a great idea. You’re passionate about a cause. You want to do your part to make the world a better place. But how can you make a difference? You can start by adding a donation button to your website. When a visitor clicks the button, they’ll be taken to a site where they can make a contribution to a cause you care about. You can also encourage visitors to learn more about the cause by providing them with useful information or connecting them with relevant organizations. Whether you choose to earn a few dollars or many, you’re sure to have fun experimenting with this new feature!
Why Use a Donation Button?
Think about the last time you went shopping online. Chances are you paid with a credit card. When someone pays for something with a credit card, it’s usually because they want to make sure the company they’re doing business with is a reputable one and will deliver what they promise. That’s a lot of trust. Once you establish that trust with a credit card, you can use it to take payments for all kinds of things. That’s pretty cool!
Now, imagine how much more powerful online shopping could be if that same level of trust and responsibility applied to donations too. That’s why we’ve given you a donation button.
The problem is, everyone wants to make a contribution to the most relevant cause at the moment. That means you can’t always guarantee which button a person will click if you have several options to choose from. In these instances, you might want to consider taking a more traditional approach and displaying a list of chosen causes next to a big donation button.
If your cause is already well-established and you want to encourage people to support it financially, you can also take this opportunity to let them know about the various ways they can be of assistance. For instance, you might want to consider setting up a gofundme page or using a platform like CrowdRise to allow people to make generous donations to your chosen charities or Nonprofits. (More on these options in a bit.)
Where Can I Put This Button?
You can put the donation button in a number of places on your website. It’s helpful to consider the purpose of each location so you can choose the most appropriate spot for the task. You might want to consider using a platform like Google Adsense to monetize your website. With Adsense, you can put ads on your site and collect revenue when someone clicks on one of the ads on your site.
If you want to direct people to a particular page or section of your website to make a donation, you can use a small piece of code called a “donation button”. You’ll find several plugins that can insert this button into your site.
Depending on the amount of information you want to convey to your visitors, you might also want to consider displaying a more traditional “Support this cause” or “Make a donation” text alongside the button.
What If I Want to Direct People to a Different URL?
If you’re using the Google Adsense plugin, you can put a link in the ad that takes your visitors to a separate page on your website where they can make a donation. You’ll have to verify with Google that the person visiting your site is legally able to make such a donation. Once you’ve done that, you can direct them to the page you’ve chosen to host your donation button.
This is a great way to direct people to a separate site where they can make a donation if you’re comfortable doing so. Be sure to put a disclaimer at the bottom of the page to make sure people know where the money goes when they make a donation. This could also be an opportunity to explain the importance of your chosen cause.
How Does This All Work?
Now that you have a button to help you make a difference, how do you make it work for you? There are a few steps you’ll have to follow to do that. First, you’ll need to choose a relevant cause and a charity or Nonprofit organization that will benefit from the contribution. Next, you’ll need to choose a price for each item on your site. Once that’s set, you can choose how much a person should contribute on each purchase.
You’ll also want to make sure you have a clear understanding of how your chosen cause will benefit from the contribution. Will the money be used to provide food, shelter, and clothing to the needy? Will it fund medical bills or a good cause that you feel strongly about? Consider all the possible uses for the money you’re raising and choose the one that seems most appropriate for your cause.
That’s a lot of responsibility for a click of a button but it’s also a chance to make a difference. When you take the time to explain how your site can help, even the smallest contribution can feel like a lot of money. But it’s worth it. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder how you ever spent your time any other way. Don’t forget – it’s not just about money. You’re doing your part to make the world a better place too. So it’s an extra bonus if you can raise funds for an effective charity too.